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  • Tom 8:26 pm on January 26, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , , , Dusit Thani Hotel, , Narathiwat Rajanakarin, , , restaurants, , , Silom, Silom Road, , , , traffic, walking street   

    Silom Road closes for stint as walking street; 55 shops participate 

    stretch of Silom Road

    A stretch of Silom Road, in the heart of the Thai capital’s business district, is closed to traffic Sunday from 10am to midnight to allow people to freely wander and shop in the area.

    More than 100,000 people are expected to roam the usually busy road as the stretch of it between the Sala Daeng intersection in front of the Dusit Thani Hotel and Narathiwat Rajanakarin intersection closed to traffic during the period for a distance of two kilometres. (More …)

  • Tom 7:52 pm on January 26, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: brand, , , , , , , , , , quality, , Thai leather, , , ,   

    Thai leather industry likely to recover next year 

    Thai leather industry

    The Thai leather industry is very likely to recover next year as exporters manage to shift their markets from the United States to Europe and Japan, according to an industry executive.

    Sakul Sikkasamat, president of the Thai Leather Association, said both new markets have begun to accept Thai leather products although their prices are higher than those of China and Vietnam because the Thai products are of higher quality. (More …)

  • Tom 2:15 pm on December 6, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , cards, , desserts, , , , , , furniture, Gift, household utensils, leather bags, , , One Tambon One Product, Presents, shoes, sports equipment, , Thailand Best Buy 2009   

    People flock to shop in Thailand Best Buy 2009 

    People flock to shop in Thailand Best Buy 2009

    People flock to shop in Thailand Best Buy 2009: photo Flickr.com

    Presents and cards for New Year are the most popular products sold at the Thailand Best Buy 2009 in the capital city of Bangkok.

    More than 2,000 entrepreneurs are displaying their products in the exhibition arranged under the theme “Blooming Happiness with Gift Fair to Welcome New Year Festival.” Most of the goods are offered with 50% discounts. Visitors said they were happy to buy discounted good quality products. (More …)

  • Tom 4:13 pm on December 3, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: arts exhibition, arts market, , , Balloon, Balloon Festival, , , , Finland, , , , , , , , , , Wat Mahaeyong, , world heritage city   

    Thailand International Balloon Festival kicks off 

    Balloon Festival

    Balloon Festival; Flickr.com

    The 3rd Thailand International Balloon Festival (TIBF) 2009 begins today, featuring many highlights to celebrate His Majesty the King’s 82nd Birthday Anniversary.

    Culture Minister Teera Slukpetch, accompanied by Ayutthaya Governor Withaya Phiewphong and the director-general of the Fine Arts Department, inaugurated the 3rd TIBF at Wat Mahaeyong in Ayutthaya. This is the first time that the festival is organized in a world heritage city, offering the chance for Thais and foreigners to appreciate the magnificence of the landmarks. There are more than 20 aeronauts from 6 countries namely Australia, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Thailand, participating in the event. (More …)

  • Tom 3:54 pm on December 3, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , Colors of Bangkok, , Kurusapa, , , Santi Chai Prakan Park, See-san Krungthep   

    “Colors of Bangkok” youth forum planned to gather ideas to renovate Bkk 

    Dusit palace

    Dusit palace: Flickr.com

    The Office of Youth Affairs of the Democrat Party, together with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and academic institutes, holds a press conference announcing a series of activities under the theme of “See-san Krungthep” (Colors of Bangkok) to be organized throughout December.

    An adviser to the Prime Minister, Mr Apirak Kosayodhin, in his capacity as chairman of the project, elaborated that over 25 international organizations are joining hands with the BMA and local youth groups in organizing the activities. The theme – Colors of Bangkok – relates to its diversity which is enriched with culture. (More …)

  • Tom 3:41 pm on December 3, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , British Film, British Film Festival, British International Film Festival, , Central World shopping center, , , , shopping center, , TK Park   

    British Film Festival 2009 kicks off 

    British Film Festival

    British Film Festival

    The British International Film Festival 2009 is being held in Bangkok to screen five quality movies from England.

    The festival revolves around the topic of global warming. The five films include “The Age of Stupid,” “It’s a Free World,” “Is Anybody There,” “The Boat that Rocked,” and “Thomas & Friends.” In addition, there will be a show called “Airplay UK” which contains 15 music videos from England. The show will take place at TK Park in Central World shopping center. (More …)

  • Tom 5:09 pm on November 30, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , craftsmanship, , , Fashion Muslim, hijab, , , Kaffiyeh, masculine Arab headdress, , Muslim clothing, Muslim costume, Muslim costumes, Muslim Fashion, Muslim Fashion Project, Narathiwat, , , resident, , , Satun, , South, , Yala   

    Fashion for export: Thai-made Muslim costumes go international 

    Fashion for export: Thai-made Muslim costumes go international

    Muslim Fashion Project: Flickr.com

    How could a decent economy bring stability to local residents in Thailand’s far South when the ongoing southern insurgency continues? The violence that erupted in early 2004 and has continued since has left thousands of people dead in its wake and has severely affected daily life of many of the locals who see their incomes sharply depleted.

    Muslim apparel and costume accessories made by villagers in the southern border provinces are one of the incentives that government-related agencies have been trying to push forward to compete in international markets so as to improve the quality of life of local residents.

    Members of local dressmaking groups have been trained to improve their skills in designing, tailoring, lacing and embroidering Muslim clothing, thanks to the Industrial Promotion Department’s Industrial Development Project for Muslim Costume Products in Thailand’s Five Southernmost Provinces. (More …)

  • Tom 4:33 pm on November 30, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , ASEAN Music and Culture Festival, , chairmanship, , , Culture Festival, , , , Music and Culture Festival, Music Festival, , , ,   

    ASEAN Music and Culture Festival to Conclude Thailand´s Chairmanship 

    Music Festival

    Music Festival: Flickr.com

    ASEAN National Secretariat is in cooperation with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to launch the last ASEAN event before passing the chairmanship to Vietnam on 1 January 2010.

    Director-General of the Department of ASEAN Affairs, Wittawat Sriwihok today chaired a press conference on the launch of ASEAN Music and Culture Festival in a bid to promote the unity among 10 ASEAN countries via each country’s remarkable cultures and music. The event will take place at Central world Plaza from 11 to 12 December 2009. (More …)

  • Tom 7:29 pm on November 29, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , Cultural Capital, , decorative art, , , local artists, , national artists, performing art, , , visual art   

    Cultural capital for creative economy project to be held every month next year 

    The Director-General of the Office of Contemporary Art and Culture (OCAC), indicated that OCAC had formulated an action plan for the Cultural Capital of the Creative Economy project as 12 Months, 12 Events, 12 Sites which would be held in all five regions across the country.

    The Director-General of OCAC, Prisana Pongtadsirikul said that the project was aimed to disseminate the cultural contemporary arts such as visual art, sculpture, performing art, musical, literature, architecture, decorative art, to be participated by the national artists, and local artists in each area to raise cultural awareness among children and the general public. (More …)

  • Tom 10:24 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , Birthday celebration, , , , , , ,   

    New Sanam Luang by 2011 

    The landscape around Sanam Luang area will be permanently re-organized and renovated for the King’s 84th Birthday celebration in 2011.

    Bangkok’s Deputy Governor, Mr Theerachon Manomaiphiboon said the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) would re-organize the area around the Grand Palace and Sanam Luang where peddlers would be strictly forbidden in the long run. In the short term, the BMA will ask for cooperation from the vendors to keep out of the area during the King’s Birthday event on 3-5 December this year.

    Moreover, the landscape around Sanam Luang will be renovated under the Strong Thailand project’s funding, to be completed in time for His Majesty’s 84th Birthday in 2011. The local police will cooperate with the district office in tightening security measures to suppress rising crimes while homeless will be ordered out of the area. (NNT)

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